This week the northern portion of Texas was hit with the biggest snowfall that it has seen in five years, causing slippery roadways and travel issues for many motorists. An official total stands at 3.5 inches of snow at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, but areas in Grand Prairie, Irving, and Grapevine saw totals as high as 7 inches. Most of the Tarrant County area saw 2-4 inches just overnight, but there were higher totals in the northern part of the county.
Many residents commented that the scenery was beautiful as the sun began to shine the next day, but the conditions on the roadways were slick and quite dangerous. Local officials were telling residents to stay home if they could, but they are now beginning to see some improvement. This was the most snow that the area has seen since February 11th of 2010, when 11.2 inches fell as the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and it was the biggest snowfall in March since 1947 when 3.9 inches fell.
There was light freezing rain that fell in the Forth Worth area, which quickly turned to sleet between 6 and 7 p.m on Tuesday. The high winds didn’t help with the temperatures either, as the Tarrant County temperatures were at 32 degrees or below by 7 as well. The temperatures continued to spiral downward and reached 24 degrees overnight at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
On Wednesday, the temperatures begin to slide down yet again and offered a warning of what to expect on Thursday. After the evening rush hour, the roads became even more dangerous in Dallas and surrounding cities. Even though the high on Thursday is predicted to be 37 degrees and should help clear the roads, the conditions throughout the day may still be risky. Dozens of flights have been cancelled, as well as colleges and schools cancelling classes. Power outages were also a big problem throughout the area.
The National Weather Service put out a winter storm warning that is expected to remain in effect until noon on Thursday. The conditions are expected to improve even more on Friday, when the high is expected to reach 45 and the skies will be completely clear. This cold front will be gone from Northern Texas as we move into the end of the week, and by Monday, it will actually feel like spring with temperatures at 60 degrees with sunny conditions.